The US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Infant & Young Child Nutrition (IYCN) Project contributed to enhanced community- and facility-based nutrition services in Mozambique, improving the way mothers feed their infants and young children. The project supported the Ministry of Health (MOH) to advance the country’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) by training providers to promote improved breastfeeding practices and align national nutrition policies with international standards.
IYCN then developed tools and job aids reflective of those standards, helping to spread consistent messages about infant and young child feeding and maternal nutrition to nutrition programs, providers, and caregivers across Mozambique. Because many Mozambicans live far from health facilities, which are often ill-equipped to meet the health needs of the surrounding population, IYCN built the capacity of community-based infant and young child feeding counseling services. In the provinces of Inhambane, Nampula, Gaza, and Sofala, IYCN sponsored training-of-trainers workshops to prepare government and nongovernmental organization (NGO) staff to train community activists in infant and young child feeding.
Finally, through a collaboration with the International Baby Food Action Network and local NGOs, the project piloted linkages between health facilities and community agents, enabling mothers and caregivers to regularly access infant feeding information from trained health workers and volunteers.
Photo: PATH/Siri Wood